Hip-Hop http://blog.stingray.com/hiphop en Haviah Mighty | 2019 Polaris Music Prize http://blog.stingray.com/haviah-mighty-2019-polaris-music-prize <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Haviah Mighty | 2019 Polaris Music Prize</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/78" lang="" about="/user/78" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ariane</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/19/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Held at the historic Carlu in downtown Toronto, the evening featured performances by nine of the 10 Polaris nominees. These included Marie Davidson, Elisapie, FET.NAT, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty, PUP, Shad, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Jessie Reyez was also in attendance. CBC Music’s Raina Douris was the host for the gala. Re-watch the Polaris Music Prize gala performances and winner announcement <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxuaaONzLc3cUIBx2T7p6VsySmA7gSivs" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A longstanding Stingray partner, Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judges and awards the Prize to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This year’s <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/polaris-music-prize-2019-shortlisted-albums-artists?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">shortlisted albums</a> were:</p> <ul><li class="text-align-justify">Dominique Fils-Aimé <em>Stay Tuned! </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Elisapie <em>The Ballad of the Runaway Girl </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">FET.NAT <em>Le Mal </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Haviah Mighty <em>13th Floor </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Jessie Reyez <em>Being Human In Public </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Les Louanges <em>La nuit est une panthère </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Marie Davidson <em>Working Class Woman </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">PUP <em>Morbid Stuff </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Shad <em>A Short Story About A War </em></li> <li class="text-align-justify">Snotty Nose Rez Kids <em>Trapline</em></li> </ul><p class="text-align-justify">From eccentric punk to a minimalistic DJ set, from rap to sensual intimate grooves, each performer brought their own unique musical and visual universe, showcasing how diverse Canadian music is, with indigenous representation still going strong. But this year, solo women artists stole the spotlight. During the gala breaks, the 400 guests watched a Rising Stars program video in anticipation of the announcement of the long-awaited winner.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was last year’s winner, <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/Jeremy-Dutcher-2018-Polaris?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Jeremy Dutcher</a>, who had the honour of announcing his Polaris Music Prize winning successor. <b><a href="https://haviahmighty.ca/" target="_blank">Haviah Mighty</a> </b> was selected by a jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 199 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country, as the Canadian album of the year. The Brampton MC is the first Black woman and first hip-hop artist to win the Canadian music prize for her album <i>13<sup>th</sup> Floor</i>,  and who’s victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward. Her performance was an energetic medley of songs that showed off her musical versatility.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"><img alt="Haviah Mighty and Jeremy Dutcher - by Dustin Rabin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9cdaabce-6b67-4b75-9966-835b8cb52187" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Jeremy-Haviah-hug1-013-Polaris-Music-Prize-2019-by-Dustin-Rabin-2831.jpg.png" /><figcaption>Haviah Mighty and Jeremy Dutcher - by Dustin Rabin</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Past winners include Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).</p> <h3 class="text-align-justify">About the winner:</h3> <p class="text-align-justify">Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019. Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of four, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Haviah Mighty broke out as the youngest member of the Toronto-based hip-hop ensemble and former Stingray Rising Stars winners <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/sorority-women-music-canada-stingray-rising-stars?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">The Sorority</a> in 2016.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty’s track “Vámonos” appeared on HBO’s hit series, <i>Insecure</i>. That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">To date, Mighty recently released <i>13<sup>th</sup> Floor</i>, her most fully-realized project to date. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"><img alt="Haviah Mighty - by Dustin Rabin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="38531141-71c3-49e2-ad30-d7efeedcfaaa" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Haviah-Mighty-Polaris-2019-speech-by-Dustin-Rabin-03.jpg.png" /><figcaption>Haviah Mighty  - by Dustin Rabin</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">You can hear Haviah Mighty’s music on Stingray Music’s following channels:</p> <ul><li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N0164?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Hip-Hop, EH!</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N0912?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Today’s Canadian Hip-Hop</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0100?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Polaris 2019: Long List Nominees</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0101?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Polaris 2006-2019: Shortlist Nominees</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/065?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Canadian Indie</a></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0084?utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_campaign=polaris_2019" target="_blank">Laurence Nerbonne Celebrity Channel</a></li> </ul><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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From walking in cold snow-covered streets to hanging out at C2 Montreal, it all felt like it happened in a blink. For those who are reading my work for the first time, I’ll keep it short, my name is Brian Holidae. I started in radio at 17, was a hip-hop music director for ten, and I’ve repped Canada on an international level as a delegate at the annual International Radio Festival. Wild thing is, as much as all of that was, the biggest part of the first six months of 2019 came down to my interview with Spike Lee for C2 Montreal on behalf of FranklinArmstong.com. </span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>What does this all have to do with music? A lot, actually. Music affects your frame of mind, can make you happy, anxious, and bring about any other emotion. So as the year started and opportunities presented themselves, some tracks helped my frame of mind get clearer. In January, while getting over the holiday season hype, we got “Shine,” from <strong>Tobe Nwigwe</strong>. Known for some deep inspirational R&amp;B mixed with rap, Tobe dropped the track Shine just in time to fight seasonal post-holiday depression that comes with Blue Monday. This track is more R&amp;B than anything, with smooth lyrics that delivered a somewhat solemn message but delivered in such a beautiful way, you don’t even realize it’s uplifting you. This was the first year that I got hit with the seasonal blues, not that it showed. I tend to play it off and a track like Shine def helped during those pensive “what’s next” moments. Also helped to have <strong>Lizzo</strong>’s “Juice” spinning to add that much needed energy.</span></span></span><br /><span><span><span><i></i></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>February is always difficult for music, I find, as it isn’t the easiest month to release anything. Short month, cold as cold can get if you’re along the US/Canada border on the East Coast. We all commiserate together by often staying indoors. Which is exactly what I did while listening to the <strong>Sean Price &amp; Small Professor</strong> project “86 Witness.” For Sean Price, the album is a posthumous release, coming almost four years after he passed. I was a huge fan of Sean Price, and I consider him one of the most underrated rappers ever. What made this album so much fun to listen to was although Sean P passed in 2015, his raps are timeless. No shade aimed at Lil Wayne, but his recent album had verses that sounded like they were recorded a few years ago. On the other hand, Sean P drops lines like “Slugs Move Everything Around Me/S.C.R.E.A.M. what that mean?” and it is such a Sean line that it’s an ageless line. His lyric delivery was both classic and ahead of its time. </span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Do we really need to discuss why March was a good month for music? <strong>Solange </strong>dropped “When I Get Home” with the track “Dream,” <strong>Tierra Whack </strong>dropped “Wasteland” and that’s just from TWO of the amazing artists who dropped tracks that month. Anyone who said 2019 started slow didn’t actually pay attention to music. <strong>2 Chainz</strong> dropped the track “Rule the World” with Ariana Grande and I don’t even like either artists all that much. Are they talented? Yes. Was using the “Why Don’t We Fall in Love” sample from <strong>Amerie</strong> a cheatcode move? 100%. But no one else was using the sample, so if you want to put two current pop artists (yes, I consider 2 Chainz pop) on the track, do it.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong>Tayla Parx, Connie Diiamond, Lizzo, Tee Grizzley</strong>…  and those are dropped in the span of two weeks. In TWO weeks we got the lines “If a n***a wrote your s**t you a f***n catfish” off “Put Ya Hands Up by Connie Diiamond and “Money make your whole team vanish / That's a paper trick, Origami” off “God’s Warrior,” by Tee Grizzley. Both those lines give me hope that there is more to rap than what is in the mainstream or main timeline these days. Artist like Lizzo have been working on their craft and are now getting the level of recognition they deserved from jump. Tayla has been writing your favorite artists’ song lyrics for them. The talent that came out in April was amazing and helped the days pass quickly. Snow melting, great vibes, and the end of the Infinity Saga from Marvel Studios, it was a heavy month for a blerd like myself, but every track made making moves around the city more fun.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Which brings us to my birth month, May. I like to think that <strong>Megan Thee Stallion</strong> &amp; <strong>Ari Lennox </strong>spoke at some point and decided to both drop their albums in the same month just for me. Yes, when it’s my birth month I legit turn into a narcissistic kid who thinks every good thing that happens in the world is a gift that was aimed for him. You should all feel that when it’s your respective birth month. “Up Late” by Ari is so damn smooth and just gives you those good <em><i><span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisson" target="_blank">frisson</a></span> </i></em>(aka <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>aesthetic chills) like a good track does. Meanwhile, the Anime-loving blerd Megan Thee Stallion put out an album of dope tracks leaving her name on the lips of every hip-hop fan. We also have to give huge props to <strong>Tyler, The Creator </strong>‘cause “Igor” is a monster of an album. The best part is I don’t know if Tyler can just pop an album out or if he works like a beast. Either way, the final product is such a great album and I’ve had "Gone, Gone / Thank You" on repeat since the album drop. Add on the <strong>Flying Lotus </strong>album I need more time with and the new <strong>BJ The Chicago Kid </strong>&amp; <strong>Offset </strong>track “Worryin’ ‘Bout Me” and you end May in possibly a perfect way. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>All this to say the bar has been set by every artist I mentioned. 2019 started off strong, although I hear rumbling and naysayers who were looking for a new <strong>Rihanna </strong>(word is before year’s end), but I’m happy with the music that's been put out in the early ‘19. Honourable mentions to <strong>Tech N9ne, Lil Nas X </strong>and <strong>DJ Khaled</strong>, who don’t need the mentions but I liked their tracks or projects. From cold days to sunny May, go listen to every track or album mentioned in this post, you will not regret it. If you do, hit me in my mentions </span></span></span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/BrianHolidae" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span>@BrianHolidae</span></span></span></span></a><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span><span>, I’m down to discuss.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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At only 36 minutes long, the album is definitely a product of the streaming era since the songs are catchy and say a lot in a short time, but end too quickly for my liking. That isn’t on Tayla, the average song length has dropped almost 30 secs since hip-hop was born, so it makes sense that most artist now make shorter songs. Plus, they want you to repeat the track since they’re getting paid for every stream. My listening of that album alone may put Tayla and any future Tayla Jr. through college. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Opening with “<strong>I Want You</strong>” and “<strong>Homiesexual</strong>”, the fun tracks set the tone. I think it’s the fact that both are produced with that fun bass bop from Wynne Bennett that makes them stick out. Bennett also co-produced “PYNK” by Janelle Monae, and you can hear that same energy. “Homiesexual” specifically stood out with that syncopated ‘80s type of beat, which I haven’t heard anyone else do as well recently.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“<strong>Slow Dancing</strong>” is cool, not too heavy on message, just a nod to the things that Tayla enjoys as well as the struggle of enjoying them. Sometimes I don’t get what the artist was aiming for, and I’m ok with that. Is the song fun? Yes. Does Tayla have a dope voice and do dope songs? Yes. Moving on then, because “<strong>Me vs. Us</strong>” had me all kinds of happy. The layered production is full. It has weight to it, unlike some of the R&amp;B pop that has come out in recent years. Tayla might be producing shorter tracks on par with the trends but her production level is above most, and “Me vs. Us” manages not to be minimal, but full, and that isn’t easy to pull off. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The interlude “<strong>What Can I Say</strong>” confuses the eff out of me. It was produced by Mike Sabath, who at 19 worked on some really good tracks (look up “it’s not u it’s me” by Bea Miller &amp; 6lack). It sounds like a song: Tayla channels some Janelle Monae, then goes into full-on diva vocals for maybe five seconds and then the songs ends, leaving you wanting WAY MORE. I ended up running it back three times and was annoyed it kept ending knowing damn well the ending was coming when Tayla kicked it into gear. I guess if anything, the interlude was to bridge from an ok song like “Slow Dancing” to the emotional vocals on “Afraid to Fall.” Sampling the notification sound initially bugged me, but I can’t hate on it being well-used. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The “<strong>Happy Birthday</strong>” interlude is fun, but it was an odd choice to sandwich “<strong>Afraid to Fall</strong>” between two interludes, especially since it would have worked so well before the title track “<strong>We Need to Talk</strong>,” which sounded a bit like an Ariana track… and y’all this is where my world started to make sense. Up until this track, I was listening to this album blind. I was online and saw a tweet about Tayla Parx, so I clicked it, next thing I knew it was the album I wanted to review. So here I am listening to this album, and I get to “We Need to Talk” and I immediately said “Hmm this sounds like an Ariana track.” I do a quick web search to see if Ariana helped write the song, ‘cause at this point, I am full-on in blissful ignorance on who wrote for who. Well wasn’t I smacked in the face with the facts: Tayla is an actress, songwriter and an artist in her own right. I moved on to “<strong>Disconnected</strong>” and enjoyed 77 seconds of pure bliss and again had another new fave track on the album. “We Need to Talk” has all the markings of a pop/R&amp;B hit and I am extremely happy Tayla kept it for herself. “Disconnected” is weird, but the type of weird I like and appreciate. You have to have some real confidence in your voice to put that type of filter on it and knowing it will shine through. Auto-tune “helps” a voice but that filter on a less talented vocalist could have hurt the track, and trust me, it did not. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now y’all know DUCKWRTH got skills, so when he and Tayla got on the “<strong>Read Your Mind</strong>” track together, I had some very high expectations. The track isn’t what I wanted, but it was what the album needed. Sometimes you get stuck on the idea of an artist and in the short time I’ve known about Tayla, I was mistakenly putting her into a box when I should have just let the tracks be what they are. This track put me in my place. Soothing and relaxing but with a hint of authority juxtaposed with yearning in the delivery. Just listen to the track, I can’t possibly do it justice. It isn’t my favorite track but it’s the type of track I wish was, if that helps.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“<strong>Rebound</strong>” sounds like it took the base elements of 2000s hip hop &amp; R&amp;B collabos and updated them for 2019. I could hear this in a remake of Love &amp; Basketball (NEVER REMAKE Love &amp; Basketball, just saying it would fit if someone were dumb enough to try). The most interesting part of “Rebound” is how crazy the energy changes when it goes into the interlude “What Do You Know.” All aggressive and boastful but full of nerd references like Pinky &amp; the Brain and DragonBall. I was lost and found all in one track.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now we come to the end, with “<strong>Dirt</strong>,” <strong>“Tomboys Have Feelings Too</strong>” interlude and the closing out track, “<strong>Easy</strong>.” I want readers to listen to “Dirt” for themselves, only because I don’t know how I feel about the track. It’s light and maybe too pop for me, but that doesn’t take away from the song, it just felt like a Christian pop song (yes I know it has explicit lyrics). The production was almost too happy for me; I think that was what got to me. Meanwhile “Tomboys Have Feelings Too” interlude stayed on that same thread but then 40 secs in switches it up and gets a lil trap-y but only to fall back into the almost country-esque melody. Possible #YeehawAgenda sleeper track? We may never find out, but it’s fun to theorize.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Lastly we have “Easy,” and the lyrics are really nice. The whole sentiment of caring more than the other person in the relationship is not unknown to any of us. I dare say if you’ve never felt what the song is about, you may have never really been in love. All that to say, we can hear in “Easy” why Tayla is such a successful songwriter. When I look at who she has written for, it reads like the guest list to a private LA party and everyone has the vocal range to shatter glass or hearts. “Easy” is about that emotionless partner, feeling like no matter you do or say they don’t react. She makes you feel those feelings and ending an album with something like this pulled me back in after the last two really happy tracks. It is only as I write this that I realize why those two are so upbeat, ‘cause when you get to “Easy,” you feel it more. </span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Tayla Parx is an amazing singer-songwriter. <a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1147?utm_source=stingray-music&amp;utm_medium=socials" target="_blank">Listen to her music now.</a></span></span></span></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/hiphop" hreflang="en">Hip-Hop</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/RnB" hreflang="en">RnB</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/album-review" hreflang="en">Album Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Brands</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Display Countries</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Display languages</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2019-04/tayla-parx.jpg" width="1200" height="1200" alt="tayla parx" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-album-name field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Album name</div> <div class="field__item">We Need To Talk</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-artist field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Artist</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tayla-parx" hreflang="en">Tayla Parx</a></div> </div> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:55:02 +0000 Brian 684 at http://blog.stingray.com Mackenta | Artist Mentorship Day | Stingray Rising Stars http://blog.stingray.com/mackenta-artist-mentorship-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mackenta | Artist Mentorship Day | Stingray Rising Stars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/78" lang="" about="/user/78" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ariane</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/21/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>As part of our partnership with</span> Women in Music Canada, we had the pleasure of welcoming a talented young artist from Toronto, Mackenta, for a full day of mentorship and knowledge sharing.</span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Context</span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><a href="http://mackenta.com/" target="_blank">Mackenta</a> was one of our 3 finalists during our <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/sorority-women-music-canada-stingray-rising-stars" target="_blank">Stingray Rising Stars showcase</a> in September 2018. Our winner, The Sorority was awarded with a $2,000 cash prize to create their next music video. Our runner-up Mackenta delivered an exceptional fusion of atmospheric hip-hop, moving vocals, and polished song writing.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Stingray Music had the pleasure of offering Mackenta the opportunity to visit Stingray’s Montreal headquarters for a day of mentorship. She let us know what topics interest her and we made it happen. Mackenta met members of our legal, marketing, social media, video, and music programming teams who were delighted to contribute to the advancement of her career. </span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Mentorship Day</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Mackenta arrived in snowy Montreal on November 15th, courtesy of our partners <a href="https://www.viarail.ca/en" target="_blank">VIA Rail</a>. Bright and early the next morning, she met with Ariane Charbonneau, Sponsorships and Partnerships Manager. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mackenta’s first meeting took place over breakfast and coffee with Eric Ayotte, Manager, Music Partnerships, North America, to learn about the art of working with a publicist and/or a PR company. Eric’s past experience as a publicist was more than welcomed by the artist.</span></span></span></p> <p>Mackenta was then treated to a one-hour deep-dive into social and digital branding for artists with our Social Media Strategist Gabrielle Bélanger and Community Manager Lucille Kerysaouen. The ladies talked about best practices and went over the artists’ platforms to help her optimize her online presence.</p> <p><span><span><span>The day had just started!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After a quick break, our karaoke queen, Teresa Lang, Product Manager, Stingray Karaoke met with Mackenta to brief her on the world of karaoke as well as Stingray’s vast array of karaoke products. Maybe we’ll get to sing along to one of her songs soon!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="Mackenta &amp; Stingray team 1" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5ebe6f5b-f3bf-42c8-98ce-0e0b78b61a32" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Mackenta%20%26%20team%201_0.jpg" /></span></span></span></p> <p><span>Content Manager and Host &amp; Producer of Stingray PausePlay, Zac Monson, talked about programming at Stingray Music and Stingray PausePlay. Mackenta and Zac talked about how programming works at Stingray, music production, interviewing best practices, and their shared passion for making music.</span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">All this learning opened everyone’s appetite! Lunch took place in Stingray’s cafeteria where Eric Boyko, President, Co-founder, and CEO and Mathieu Péloquin, Senior Vice-President, Marketing Communications had a quick meet and greet with the artist.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Eric Beaulé, Production Manager &amp; Programmer for Stingray Karaoke. kicked off the afternoon with Mackenta by talking about publishing and royalties. Together they looked at opportunities for independent artists to support themselves, covered streaming revenues, traditional radio, publishing deals, sync licenses for TV and film. Eric was impressed by Mackenta's talent, her eye for business, and her background (she almost had a career in law).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Sophie Beaulieu, Programmer, Music Videos, and Mathieu Beauregard</span>, <span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Programming Manager Linear channels, discussed the process of music video programming at Stingray and related </span>analytics. They also discussed why music videos are as important now as they’ve ever been, and how they play a significant part of today’s consumption of music.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><img alt="Mackenta &amp; Stingray team 2" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="77c51657-2a60-4bf4-a9cf-33d3a5bd95dd" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Mackenta%20%26%20team%202%20%282%29.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Mackenta got to know a little bit more about successful branding strategies and marketing campaigns thanks to Frédérick Ranger, Vice-President, Product Marketing, over a jam session in the Stingray Café.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Product Marketing Specialist Philippe Papineau was the last one to share his knowledge with Mackenta over a well-deserved glass of red wine! Philippe concluded this full day of learning with an overview of the company and what we do. This enabled the artist to put all the pieces together and get a better perspective on what she had learned during the day.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><img alt="Mackenta &amp; Stingray team 3" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="46e8f7c3-c45d-45b3-ac5d-1473f800348d" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Mackenta%20%26%20team%203.jpg" /></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Mackenta is a talented and serious artist that understands that the music business is the intersection between a commercial art and entrepreneurship.</span> </span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>Mackenta’s impressions</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>“My visit to Stingray was both fun and insightful. I was able to learn directly from music industry experts and experience the unique and exciting Stingray work culture. It was helpful to be mentored on things specifically catered to my career needs; from music programming, to marketing to royalties. After my visit I feel refreshed and re-inspired in my career and creative direction. Any emerging artist could benefit from this opportunity. Thank you to everyone at Stingray for making me feel welcome, and especially to Ariane Charbonneau for setting this up!”</span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span>About Mackenta</span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span>Mackenta serenades her listeners with intricate lyrics, unconventional thoughts, and ambient sounds. She first gained popularity with her single "Issues", which has been featured by OVO Sound Radio, The Source, and HotNewHipHop. Her debut EP, Over The Influence (2016), features production from JUNO award- winning Gavin Bradley (JackSoul, Serena Ryder.) Mackenta’s most recent single, “No Finesse”, premiered on Noisey and was featured on Spotify Official Playlists like, “Just Vibin”. She comments, “I’m just writing about the human experience, through my experiences. I’m writing about the things that don’t make me perfect.”</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Now don’t take to mean that this was his first good song, if anything it was more a matter of finding a track that connected me with the artist. With Rihanna that track was “Consideration”, with Gnarls Barkley it was “Going On”, and now with 6lack, it’s “Switch”.</p> <p>These tracks make me want to listen to the artist’s fill catalog for songs that I may have missed. With so much music coming out, it is easy to miss a track here or there, and the next thing you know, you haven’t heard your new favorite song.</p> <p>“<strong>Unfair</strong>”: Remember when Auto-Tune was being overused and everyone hated it? It had more to do with how people were using it and not the feature itself, at least in my opinion. Hearing 6lack use it on the chorus, to give us a dreamscape effect shows how someone can use Auto-Tune to add levels to a song and not just to “correct” vocals (or in the case of T-Pain, hide their actual good voice).</p> <p>“<strong>Loaded Gun</strong>”: Bizness Boi produced a solid track here, and 6lack knew how to use it. In the first verse, he changes his flow to match the beat change at the line “Got this pretty brown-brown, watch her go wild” then jumps into his rapper flow after a few bars. This is what I was explaining regarding how you can stick out in the modern R&amp;B and hip-hop climate.</p> <p>Since a lot of the music sounds out there the same (either because the producers are hot and people want to work with them or the copycats are out in numbers and no one really cares that Kid X sounds like Producer Y) your skill is what bring you to the top. 6lack can rap, he has the skills and the voice, he understands and can make a song with multiple flows work, and along with “Loaded Gun” he does it again on “Pretty Little Fears” with J.Cole.</p> <p>“<strong>East Atlanta Love Letter</strong>”: I like this song, and as much as the downtempo can play with your head (depending on where you are personally) no matter what, this is a good joint. The energy on this one is low. If “Unfair” brought me to the dreamscape, then “East Atlanta Love Letter” is riding the wave into a numb place. Sometimes, you need a track like this. You might need it to just level out or help you think. It’s the type of track that you can play on a loop in the background and meditate along to (well I can, I don’t know about y’all). Melodic 6lack &amp; Future (who I never really loved but I can’t pretend isn’t talented) combo chorus delivery… it was bound to be a good track.</p> <p>“<strong>Let Her Go</strong>”: Next time you are in a relationship and you aren’t sure if the person is right for you, if this is the life you want or need… DO NOT listen to this song. This song brought me back to being 21, dating someone I loved but being terrified of a lifelong commitment. Songs like this are great for reminiscing on younger days and the wild anxiety of love, but I def can’t imagine hearing it while actually trying to make the decision. 6lack might be too connected to his emotion on this one for our own good.</p> <p>“<strong>Sorry</strong>”: The following song continues the tale of love and uncertainty. The whole album discusses the theme of love, and being in love, and being young and in love, and never being sure of being in love… and this song is the apology. 6lack got into our collective minds and pulled out all the emotions that came from being scared and making questionable decisions and put them to music. Making this song a beautiful yet painful one to hear. I’ve been on both ends of this, saying sorry for not knowing myself and hurting someone and being the one someone crushed because they didn’t know what they wanted.</p> <p>“<strong>Pretty Little Fears</strong>”: I can’t express how much I like this song. I’m not sure how to put it down on “paper”. T-Minus (Canadian for those who don’t know) produced “Swimming Pools” by Kendrick, “HYFR” by Drake and those are just 2 hits from his long list of credits. He is a talented producer with the skill to produce sans signature. I am as impressed with producers who have tracks that don’t sound the same as I am with producers who have a unique sound that is never repetitive. T-Minus is one of the best in his lane. When I initially heard the track, I respected the sounds and then to top it off it features J.Cole… I mean, I will say it again, I don’t know how to tell you it’s good. At the end of the day, you have to decide if a good producer working with great vocalist and rapper is the right music for you.</p> <p>“<strong>Disconnect</strong>”: The production of this track is so on-the-nose with the signal sounds at the beginning, that I was originally annoyed with it (as if I couldn’t get what they were going for), but then the song starts, and you get it. Piano, bass, with signal sounds blended over it. I’ve heard of stripping down the sound for vocals to stick out, but this track took it further. 6lack is really making sure you are hearing the lyrics.</p> <p>“<strong>Switch</strong>”: The downtempo, minimal production R&amp;B sound that has become the norm just sounds better in the hands of 6lack and his team. The key to the genre is lyrics and solid vocals, something 6lack found when he made “Switch”. Minimalism isn’t a word I commonly associate with hip-hop or R&amp;B, but I think I’ve been convinced that it can work. I love that 6lack then adds “Thugger’s Interlude” to directly address the downtempo vibe on the album. Pretty much ragging on himself for loving the heavier music but producing the downtempo tracks. ‘Cause what is an album about love without addressing choice and decisions?</p> <p>“<strong>Balenciaga Challenge</strong>”: We did finally get a song I didn’t love. I get the interlude before this was setting me up for a heavier, more rap inspired track, but I didn’t want one. I liked the slow, type R&amp;B he was making. This track felt like he wanted to remind people he can keep up with the rap game when no one is questioning his skills. Offset from Migos is on it and does a solid job. The two of them have a good flow. I mean, some may love it more but in the context of a concept album discussing relationships, I didn’t need it and he didn’t need to prove anything.</p> <p>“<strong>Scripture</strong>”: I was listening to a podcast recently that brought up that 6lack used to rap and that he manages to take advantage of lyricist skills with a vocalist delivery. I think this is the best example of it. If “Balenciaga Challenge” was the rap track I didn’t need on the album, “Scripture” is the rap track I want on the album.</p> <p>“<strong>Nonchalant</strong>”: After “Switch” dropped, I worried how they were going to follow up. The first single is not the best track on the album, but it should be one of the catchiest. You want the fans to crave more. The second single should reflect the style of the album more than anything, it’s the second song people are being introduced to from an upcoming full-length project. I’m not sure if 6lack or someone else picked “Nonchalant” but they did this one right. Where “Switch” gets you hype and vibing, “Nonchalant” really captures the laid-back vibe of the whole piece. The hardest for singles is not also using the features to promote the album. You want those to be surprises…</p> <p>“<strong>Seasons</strong>”: …Which made hearing Khalid on “Seasons” a nice surprise. Dave Bayley from Glass Animals on production, 6lack and Khalid on the track. Two gifted singers blessing the penultimate track, setting us up for a home run of a finale.</p> <p>“<strong>Stan</strong>”: At first, I wasn’t sure why you would want to evoke the idea of a Stan. Stans are obsessive fans who stand for their favorite artist no matter what they do. A Stan will hear that their favorite artist committed the most heinous act and still say, “but the music is above all this”. The type of blind love that comes with the term would scare me, but I think that it makes 6lack’s point really well. From Unfair” to “Stan”, there is some turmoil, but in the end the love that comes from finding yourself and connecting with the right person can be obsessive, in a positive way.</p> <p>Love is unfair. When we’re young, we shoot it around like a loaded gun, we hurt those we “love” and apologize. We see ourselves and our fears in our partners and disconnect, sometimes try and empathize, but when we start to reveal ourselves and open up, our defenses come up in braggadocious way. It takes time, but when the ego comes in, we eventually remember what grounds us and attempt to stay humble. We relax, we calm down, and only then can we give ourselves to someone without losing everything. If that all made sense, understand that I got it from listening to the album carefully. If it didn’t, trust me when I say 6lack took 14 tracks and managed to express the complexity of love in a way that everyone and anyone could appreciate.</p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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This year Stingray Music was honoured to sponsor again the Stingray Rising Stars competition. </strong></p> <p>The festival which ran this year from September 11th to the 16th is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest annual jazz and blues festivals. HJBF seeks out to promote, preserve and encourage interest in the cultural appreciation and performance of jazz and blues by presenting the best in established and up-and-coming talents. Fredericton comes alive for six days each September as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in Fredericton's beautiful and historic downtown.</p> <p>An online voting page was set up to have the public vote for their favourite artist. This year’s finalists were:</p> <ul><li><a href="https://thebackstays.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">The Backstays </a></li> <li><a href="https://jerryfaye.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">Jerry Faye</a> </li> <li><a href="https://shrimpring.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">Shrimp Ring</a> </li> <li><a href="https://digitalcircusband.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">Digital Circus</a> </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>The Stingray Rising Stars Competition took place in the Atlantic Lottery Barracks Tent, the festival's all ages venue, on Friday September 14 from 1 PM to 4 PM. The Backstays, a five-piece, fog-steeped, roots-infused indie band from Saint John (NB), were chosen through a two-tiered process of peer assessment and online voting. Stingray Music awarded the winning band with a $1,500 bursary to advance their career and each contestant received a promotional video for their own use of their Stingray Rising Stars performance. Close to 5,000 people voted online this year and the winner was announced, Friday, September 14 at 4PM. Thank you to all who cast their votes online and who came to watch the finalists showcase performances at the Atlantic Lottery Barracks Tent!</p> <p>“The Backstays displayed their growing maturity as a group by showing up fully prepared and putting on an exceptional performance. We hope this “win” gives them a boost of confidence and some additional notoriety that helps accelerate their opportunities in the music business and the pursuit of their musical dreams!” said Brent Staeben, Harvest’s music director.</p> <p>Congrats again to The Backstays and all finalists!</p> <h3>About the winners:</h3> <p><strong>We sat down with Pete Johnston here from The Backstays (vocals, guitar) to tell us more about their win: </strong></p> <p><strong>What is your earliest musical memory? </strong></p> <p>“My earliest musical memory is ‘Up On Cripple Creek’ by The Band. My parents are big fan of those guys and so am I. I remember that being my favourite song as a tiny little kid. Either that or some version of ‘Tell Me Ma’ that my mum sang around the house. Hard to say.”</p> <p><strong>Where/When did you start playing professionally? </strong></p> <p>“We started rehearsing in January 2018 in our rehearsal space on Union Street in Saint John (New-Brunswick). We didn’t do a show until June, so it’s only been a few months doing shows together. But most of the band has been playing music on a semi-professional level for years in other projects.”</p> <p><strong>Who are your main influences? </strong></p> <p>“Our influences vary but there’s some consistent musicians that we all love like Joel Plaskett, Alvvays, the Smiths, Bruce Springsteen, and the War on Drugs.”</p> <p><strong>How did you come to play at the Harvest Jazz &amp; Blues Festival? </strong></p> <p>“We came to Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival’s Stingray Rising Stars by applying after we had a string of shows and an EP released. We really didn’t expect it but we’re some happy.”</p> <p><strong>What do you plan to do with the Stingray Rising Stars bursary? </strong></p> <p>“We are going to use it to get some gear we’ve needed for a long time and use anything left to put towards our Maritimes tour in the next couple of months. It’s really a huge help.”</p> <p>If you’re in the Atlantic region this Autumn, make sure to follow them and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheBackstays/events/" target="_blank">check out one of their shows</a>! </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity.</p> <p>This year’s <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/Polaris-2018-Shortlist?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Short List nominees</a> were:</p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2"> <div class="col"> <p><a href="http://alvvays.com/" target="_blank">Alvvays</a> – <em>Antisocialites </em></p> <p><a href="https://jeanmichelblais.com/" target="_blank">Jean-Michel Blais</a> – <em>Dans ma main </em></p> <p><a href="https://danielcaesar.com/" target="_blank">Daniel Caesar</a> – <em>Freudian </em></p> <p><a href="https://jeremydutcher.com/" target="_blank">Jeremy Dutcher</a> – <em>Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa </em></p> <p><a href="http://www.pierrekwenders.com/" target="_blank">Pierre Kwenders</a> – <em>MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time </em></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><a href="http://darlenedarling.com/" target="_blank">Hubert Lenoir</a> – <em>Darlène</em></p> <p><a href="http://partnerband.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Partner</a> – <em>In Search Of Lost Time </em></p> <p><a href="https://snottynoserezkids.com/" target="_blank">Snotty Nose Rez Kids</a> – <em>The Average Savage </em></p> <p><a href="http://yousgirls.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">U.S. Girls</a> – <em>In A Poem Unlimited </em></p> <p><a href="https://www.weavesband.com/" target="_blank">Weaves </a>– <em>Wide Open </em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>A full house at the historic Carlu welcomed jaw dropping performances by eight of the 10 Polaris nominees. These included Jean-Michel Blais, Jeremy Dutcher, Hubert Lenoir, Pierre Kwenders, Partner, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, U.S. Girls and Weaves. Daniel Caesar was also apparently in attendance and Alvvays were represented by Deep Vvaters, a band from Toronto’s Girl’s Rock Camp.</p> <p>From table crashing to acapella performances, the crowd also witnessed several testimonials on behalf of various nominees, including some from past Polaris winners. Arcade Fire’s Win Butler spoke on behalf of Kwenders, Karkwa’s Louis-Jean Cormier supported Lenoir and Tanya Tagaq advocated for Weaves. Babyface, George Stroumboulopoulos, Safia Nolin and Gang Gang Dance’s Lizzi Bougatsos were some of the evening’s other testifiers.</p> <p>The 400 guests also had the chance to hear <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/polaris-collaboration-session-2018-stingray-rising-stars?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Stingray Music’s Collaboration Session</a> with Jennifer Castle and The Weather Station, featuring an interview with our very own Zac Monson and a performance of “I Tried to Wear the World”. Make sure to <a href="www.facebook.com/stingray.music/videos/240235976663522/" target="_blank">watch the interview</a> &amp; <a href="www.facebook.com/stingray.music/videos/750108175326476" target="_blank">performance</a> made possible by our Stingray Rising Stars program!</p> <p>But as the evening was coming to an end, it was time to announce the long-awaited winner. It was last year’s winner, Lido Pimienta, who had the honour of announcing her Polaris Music Prize winning successor. Jeremy Dutcher was selected by an 11-member Grand jury as the Canadian album of the year and was be awarded $50,000. He gave a heartfelt and wise speech, using his moment in the spotlight to remind people why he made the album, a mix of his own interpretations of traditional songs sung in the Wolastoq language. He also spoke of an Indigenous renaissance and we couldn’t agree more!</p> <p>Each of the nine other Short-Listed artists received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.</p> <p>Past winners are Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).</p> <p><img alt="Polaris 2018 - Polaroid" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f972dbb4-b5d7-4276-a55c-37c831e811dc" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/My%20Post%20%281%29.jpg" /></p> <h3>About the winner:</h3> <p>A Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy Dutcher studied music and anthropology at Dalhousie University. The classically trained tenor and composer recorded “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” following a five-year research project on old archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, many of which are no longer being passed down to contemporary Maliseet youth. The artist studied these 110-year-old wax cylinder phonograph recordings of his ancestors for weeks inside the museum, meticulously transcribing the recordings once collected by William H. Mechling. The anthropologist lived among Dutcher's ancestors for seven years in the early 1900s, capturing the songs and voices of the community. Many of the album's songs also sample the original recordings as part of the backing tracks.</p> <h4>You can hear Jeremy Dutcher’s beautiful work on Stingray Music on the following channels:</h4> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0100?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Polaris 2018: Long List Nominees</a> (available on web &amp; mobile) </span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0101?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Polaris 2006-2018: Shortlist Nominees</a> (available on web &amp; mobile) </span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_T0086?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018</a> (available on web &amp; mobile)</span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/065?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Canadian Indie </a> (available on TV, web &amp; mobile) </span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0504?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Folk Alliance International 2018</a> (available on web &amp; mobile)</span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Providing knowledge, strategy and solutions to its members, and the greater community, is its driving purpose. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional and creative development, support and resources. Women in Music Canada as well as Music Ontario, who co-sponsored the prize, received over 80 submissions from female R&amp;B and Rap artists across Canada.</p> <p>The Stingray Rising Stars finalists were Mackenta, The Sorority, and Staasia Daniels. <a href="https://www.thesorority.ca/" target="_blank">The Sorority</a> was awarded $2,000 to create their next music video, $1000 of which was provided by Stingray Music as part of its Stingray Rising Stars program. The crowd was blown away by their stage presence and musical intensity.</p> <p>Mackenta delivered a exceptional fusion of atmospheric hip-hop, moving vocals and polished songwriting.</p> <p>Toronto R&amp;B singer-songwriter Staasia Daniels performed last and impressed the audience with her power moves and soulful vocals.</p> <p><img alt="Bev Moore (Music Ontario), haviah mighty (The Sorority), Ariane Charbonneau (Stingray Music) and lex leosis (The Sorority)." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="316960eb-ad40-4329-a653-daf332b17b07" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/wim.jpg" /></p> <p class="tinytext">From left to right: Bev Moore (Music Ontario), haviah mighty (The Sorority), Ariane Charbonneau (Stingray Music) and lex leosis (The Sorority).</p> <p class="tinytext">Photo credit: Gillian Zulauf</p> <h3>About The Sorority</h3> <p>Phoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis, and Haviah Mighty found themselves at a cypher hosted by TeamBackPack in 2016 for International Women’s Day. Unknown to each other, the four took turns spitting over what would become one of the biggest cyphers of the year. Having drawn the attention of Fader, Rap Season, Boi-1da.net, Noisey and many Canadian music publications, the foursome decided to form The Sorority.</p> <p>Since then, The Sorority have played several festivals including Toronto’s Manifesto Festival, the City of Toronto’s Canada150 Festival, and Unity Festival, and opened for the likes of Majid Jordan, The Internet, Isaiah Rashad, Jidenna, DVSN, Miguel, Joey Bada$$, A-Trak and others.</p> <p>The Sorority's unique live performance allows for each member to stand out with their own signature flare and style, while also providing the cohesion you would expect from a group. “This isn’t a girls club, a university alliance, a clique or trend. The Sorority is a progressive hip-hop group spitting fierce bars with grace” (BanTor Radio, 2017). Proving themselves to be “dope spitters” (sypher sights), The Sorority’s “energy and technical prowess (shine) through over both boom-bap and trap beats…that pull no punches" (Now Magazine).</p> <p>Mixing the new with the old, the classic with the progressive, with respect for the greats and blazing their own trail, The Sorority, are the ones to watch for 2018.</p> <p>Stingray Music also had the pleasure to offer <a href="http://mackenta.com/" target="_blank">Mackenta</a> and <a href="http://staasiadaniels.com/" target="_blank">Staasia Daniels</a> an opportunity to visit Stingray headquarters HQs in Montreal to spend a day of mentorship with our legal, marketing, social media, video and music programming experts. Stay tuned!</p> <p><strong>Restez à l'affût des dernières nouvelles musicales. 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Généreux et décontracté, il s’est entretenu avec nous le temps de quelques questions.</p> <p>Confortablement assis sur le célèbre divan gris de Stingray PausePlay, Loud parle avec reconnaissance des artistes qui ont eu une influence majeure dans son cheminement musical. C’est aussi avec curiosité que l’on découvre comment est née sa collaboration avec<strong> Cœur de Pirate</strong>. Quelle belle complicité on leur attribue dans le vidéoclip « <strong>Dans la nuit</strong> ». Allez voir le clip si ce n’est pas toujours fait!</p> <p>C’est avec étonnement que l’on réalise la certaine témérité qu’il faut avoir pour accepter de se transformer en véritable torche humaine dans son clip « Devenir immortel (et puis mourir) ». Dangereux certes, mais totalement assumé par Loud.</p> <p>De plus, il se prête généreusement à nos questions en rafale (sous forme de jeu) à propos de chansons non issues du genre rap! Spontanées et franches, ces réponses nous en apprennent un peu plus sur cet artiste qui a été rapidement adopté par la France.</p> <p>Bon visionnement!</p> <p><strong>Loud et sa chaîne vedette </strong></p> <p>Une partie du mois de septembre appartient à Loud! Avec son album, <em>Une année record </em>paru à l’automne dernier et son entrée dans le club des millionnaires avec ses millions de vues sur YouTube, Stingray est heureux de lui offrir une chaîne vedette.</p> <p>Laissez-vous imprégner par les chansons de son répertoire et par la sélection de ses coups de cœur musicaux du moment. Une magnifique sélection musicale à saveur rap portée par ses artistes préférés vous attend.</p> <p>Bienvenue sur sa chaîne vedette!</p> <p><strong>Restez à l'affût des dernières nouvelles musicales. 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links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://music.stingray.com/fr/channels/VIB_T0110?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website">Loud</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-09/facebook-twitter_1080x1080_4.jpg" width="1080" height="1080" alt="Loud" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-09/facebook-twitter_1080x1080_2.jpg" width="1080" height="1080" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-link field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Link</div> <div class="field__item">https://music.stingray.com/fr/channels/VIB_T0110?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-cross-promo-body field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Body</div> <div class="field__item"><h3>Découvrez la chaîne vedette de Loud.</h3> <p><a href="https://music.stingray.com/fr/channels/VIB_T0110?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">ÉCOUTER</a></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:09:37 +0000 Charles 564 at http://blog.stingray.com Milky Way by Bas http://blog.stingray.com/milky-way-bas <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Milky Way by Bas</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/77" lang="" about="/user/77" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Brian</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/29/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>If there is one thing I want you to know, it’s this: I love mythology! You may have read some of my previous reviews and in those, you probably caught on that I am a geek of the highest order. My interest in mythology led to my love of comics since they are just modern day myths told with spandex-clad characters. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>So for Bas to title the lead track of this album <span>Icarus</span>, after one of the most important stories of hubris, informed what kind of album I was to expect. Having someone with pipes like Ari Lennox bless your track is always a strong move. Lyrically the song is solid and there are 2 lines that stood out to me. The first one:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>“I can't get jiggy with you clowns</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>I'm busy I've been giving New York City a whole new sound”.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Now I don’t think the line is meant to be a dig at Puff. I think, if anything, it is just mentioning that the style that came out of NYC during the Bad Boy era - and subsequent artists - had a hint of pop to their rap, and Bas doesn’t have time for that. I could wrong, he could just be throwing shade at rappers who look like clowns (y’all know who that could be.) </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>The second line made the geek in me happy:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>“Thought I was escapin', </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>just to find myself right back in the Matrix, </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>both pills blue”</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Matrix came out almost 2 decades ago and we are still using the blue pill to reference being blind to the world we live in. Plus, pointing out that the idea of choice is fake because both pills are blue, was subtle but perfect. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Which makes the move to “Front Desk” a weird one for me. The beat is good, the flow is good but the actual lyrics… heard it before, to be honest.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>I guess the bragging about women wanting you is still a thing, or rather more than this is casual, “don’t overthink it” is the current hook-up climate and songs to reflect that are important to tell the story that “modern love” is disconnected.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>I understand WHY the song exists, I would have just put it later on in the album.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>‘Cause following it up with one of the best tracks on the album was a rollercoaster of attention. “Tribe” features J.Cole and the fact that Cole signed Bas is not lost on you with this track. Cole respects Bas. If you haven’t heard them together before this track will speak volumes about how they work together, why they work well together, and why Dreamville’s sound could actually be the branch that blends hip-hop for old heads and new kids alike.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>“Boca Raton” with A$ap Ferg is a pretty fun track. First (and hit me up if you think I’m wrong). That instrumental sounds like a slightly sped up “This Is America”. The rap is kind of a joke too, it’s one of those songs you don’t have to take too seriously, ‘cause the artist just went in and did their thing. Next, we get “Barack Obama Special” with one of the smoothest productions out there EVER. Ron Gilmore made the type of instrumental Q-Tip, Questlove, and all those other jazz sample producers wish they could have made. Knowing Ron, there are no samples on that track either, that’s just straight from his talented mind. Having a beat like that can only be matched with an equally well delivered rap and Bas brings the skills. Rapping about being a more recognizable name and seeing hard work turn to a tangible experience:<br /><strong>“Puttin' in work, fuck how you feel<br /> Buy my family trips, fuck value meals.”</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The lesson in that line is, comfort is never <strong>needing </strong>to buy another value meal. Think about that while we jump into the next track “Purge”.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>My favorite track on the album, “Purge” is another Ron Gilmore track and goes to show that he may now also be my new favourite producers. Fast-paced, well-delivered, smart lyrics and fun to listen to… it has all the elements to make for a solid end of summer track. The type of track where you actually listen to the lyrics at a summer jam, walking around looking for your buddy and laughing to yourself when you hear the line: </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>“In the drop top, bitch hop in it already<br /> Yelling "fuck the cops," middle fingers to the opps.”</strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>“Fragrance” to “Infiniti+2”.... I don’t know. I listened to them, but to be hones,t the first time I listen to the album, I skipped them and only went back when I was writing this review. After two attempts, “Fragrance” did not grow on me. “Infiniti+2” equally did not wow me, but on the re-listen, I wasn’t mad at it. “Sanufa” is unique, that is my diplomatic way of saying listen to it and form your own opinion. When I hear it, I picture a beach club scene in a movie and that is only amplified by the sound of film running at the end as it leads into the skit after the song. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>It is kind of weird to say this but “PDA” is Bas’ romantic attempt to tell someone how much they love them. Hip-hop may be more mature but sometimes rappers still drops lines like<br /><strong>“I think I could spend time with you my whole life, fuck the hoes lies<br /> You know they got no lives, you know they got no lives.”</strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>And I ain’t even mad at it. Honestly, I can’t even pretend like the song isn’t good, it’s… weird to say “I think I could give up other women” by saying “fuck hoes lies” but who am I to judge? I’m a rap fan not a rap artist. I’ll leave the lyrical love play to the professionals. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>We now get to the end of the album with “Designer” and “Spaceships + Rockets”. While the latter is the perfect ending to the album, the former would have been a great second track. Yes, the energy in “Designer” is lower but could work as a great bridge between “Icarus” and “Tribe”. While “Front Desk” could have been moved down near “Fragrance”. I’m essentially moving all the songs in an order I would prefer ‘cause nowadays, most albums are just multiple singles released at the same time. While streaming wise it’s great, it isn’t the best for storytelling. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span>Guess what though? Milky Way’s theme of love and growth works. I listened to this album three times, once in order, once in my order and once backwards and they all work as well as you could want. Meaning that each track stands on its own, or the more likely scenario, the album is strong enough to be consumed in any order. I’ll say this, Bas is a talented rapper, who worked with talented producers and is part of a solid collective. In a rap world that celebrates jesters, Bas is more interested in being a King.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/album-review" hreflang="en">Album Review</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/hiphop" hreflang="en">Hip-Hop</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Brands</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Display Countries</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Display languages</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-08/Milky%20Way.jpg" width="1280" height="1280" alt="Milky Way by Bas" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-album-name field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Album name</div> <div class="field__item">Milky Way</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-artist field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Artist</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/bas" hreflang="en">Bas</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-copyright field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Copyright</div> <div class="field__item">© 2018 Dreamville, Interscope. 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